"Pupils achieve extremely well in science; they particularly enjoy investigations which form the backbone of much of their work in class."                                                                            ISI Inspection May 2014


“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”                                                                                                                      Carl Sagan

If you thought that science was certain - well, that is just an error on your part.”                                                                                      Richard P. Feynman

The relevance of science at a global, national, local and personal level can inspire pupils to develop enquiring minds and become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve. The investigative and practical nature of the subject provides opportunities for pupils to explore and learn through various approaches. In addition, the science programme of study supports the development of essential:

  • literacy skills, through discussion and the use of scientific vocabulary and terminology
  • numeracy skills, through obtaining, recording and analysing data
  • ICT skills, through using data logging and analysis, internet research, modelling and simulation software, and appropriate methods for communicating scientific information.

Science encourages pupils to think creatively and be resourceful, through processing information, reasoning, questioning and evaluating, in order to solve a range of scientific problems. The programme of study illustrates how scientists work both independently and by collaborating in multi-disciplinary groups to achieve success. The science programme of study develops confident individuals who are informed and enabled to live safe and healthy lives. The investigative and practical nature of the subject provides opportunities to experience and manage risk. It illustrates the importance of using science responsibly in order to make a positive contribution to society. It provides opportunities for pupils to consider scientific and technological developments and the advantages and disadvantages that scientists, individuals and society need to consider before making decisions that will affect the future. Pupils consider the ethical and moral implications of science and the importance of sustainable development. The study of science also identifies different societal and cultural approaches, allowing pupils to appreciate its diverse global dimension and recognise the contributions made by men and women from all over the world to the development of the subject.

Baylab Lab Coat competition

Thank you to all those who took part in the Baylab Lab Coat Competition. The School Finalists were Anastasios, Devam, Joelah, Ria and Yuvraj, with Yuvraj selected as overall winner.

St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School Workshop 25th June 2019

Thank you so much to the Science Department for hosting our Upper Trans pupils in a very exciting investigation today. The outcomes were dazzling and sparks were definately flying. A very stimulating morning was enjoyed by all.


Eton College Visit 30th April 2019

Upper Trans enjoyed an excellent visit to the Eton College Natural History Museum. A beautiful walk through a variety of environments en route stimulated lots of questions about local wildlife. The information trail around the Museum and the stained glass window  activity were highly valued.


Astronomy Dome 21st January 2019

Year 5 and 6 were awestruck by their time in theAstronomy Dome. They had plenty of opportunities to review what they had already studied about the earth and space and all were amazed by the canopy of the stars. A really fun activity which has inspired several future astrophysicists.

Quiz Club Science Competition

The Science Quiz Teams really enjoyed participating in the Competition on Friday 16th of November. We didn’t progress to the next round, but St. Bernard’s were fighting for position all the way through. Congratulations to Danesfield on their astounding total.


Bayer Baylab

Remove enjoyed the opportunity to find out what they were made of when they visited the Bayer Baylab in Reading on the 8th and 15th of November. By the end of the session each pupil had created a unique necklace containing their DNA.